Dhenkanal: On this Republic Day, India’s Institute of Mass Communication, Dhenkanal, marked the occasion by unveiling a stunning set of Madhubani paintings depicting the epic Ramayana. The complete story of the Ramayana, from the exile of Ram and Sita, to the burning of Lanka during the Maya Mirig event, to the final Ram-Ravan battle, comes to life on a 12ft wall high and 60 feet wide. The mural was completed in seven days by five students from the Department of Architecture, Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Technology (VSSUT) in Burla, under the guidance of Shri Amit Chatterjee, Assistant Professor, VSSUT, with the assistance of Shri Badreenath Jena, Technical Coordinator of IIMC, Dhenkanal.
The mural captivates the viewer with a distinct impression, transporting him to the enchanting world of the Ramayana. The young artists have incorporated elements of Madhubani style painting in a range of shades and colors that address a wide range of topics related to the legend of Ram and his legacy. Dr. Mrinal Chatterjee, Regional Director, Kedarnath Jena, Section Officer, Jitendra Pati, Academic Coordinator, Shubhankari Das, Librarian, and all faculty and staff were present at the inaugural ceremony.
On this auspicious occasion, Dr. Mrinal Chatterjee, spoke about the connection between the Mithila painting and the stories of the Ramayana. “During Sita’s wedding, King Janak asked his subjects to paint the palace. So, during the divine wedding of Lord Ram and Sita, the people of the kingdom decorated the palace with Madhubani paintings. From then on, Mithilanchal became known for painting stories from the Ramayana, especially those involving Sita,” he remarked. “This mural here at the IIMC is a cultural artifact that depicts the actual plot of the Ramayana. On the walls you can see monkeys building bridges to Lanka, Hanuman hovering with Gandhamardan mountain in his hand, and more It is an enjoyable sight for me as IIMC Dhenkanal, being India’s eastern regional campus, adorns its walls with the defining scenes of the epic Ramayana,” Dr. Chatterjee added.